‘I Didn’t Lie,’ Trump Claims on Downplaying Coronavirus Threat

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‘I Didn’t Lie,’ Trump Claims on Downplaying Coronavirus Threat

During a news conference, President Trump defended his interviews with the veteran journalist Bob Woodward.

Reporter: “Why did you lie to the American people, and why should we trust what you have to say now?” “Such a terrible question, and the phraseology — I didn’t lie. What I said is we have to be calm, we can’t be panicked. Bob Woodward is somebody that I respect just from hearing the name for many, many years — not knowing too much about his work, and not caring about his work. But I thought it would be interesting to talk to him for a period of calls. But certainly if he thought that was a bad statement, he would have reported it because he thinks that, you know, you don’t want to have anybody that is going to suffer medically because of some fact, and he didn’t report it because he didn’t think it was bad. Nobody thought it was — wait a minute, wait a minute — and your question, the way you phrased that, is such a disgrace. It’s a disgrace to ABC television network. It’s a disgrace to your employer. What I went out and said was very simple. Listen, what I want out and said was very simple. I want to show a level of confidence, and I want to show strength as a leader. And I want to show that our country is going to be fine one way or the other.”

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